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Update on Saturday Event Near Lake Shore Campus

February 2, 2016

Loyola Community,

I want to follow up on my earlier e-mail to provide some additional information, as we have received a handful of inquiries seeking more specifics. Please know that my intent earlier was to prepare you for, and call attention to, a controversial event happening Saturday evening near the Lake Shore Campus, while also being careful not to trigger anyone who may be a survivor of sexual assault.

For those who are seeking more information on the gathering, which is being hosted by a group named Return of Kings, a "men's rights" group, please see this DNAinfo article. I do want to caution anyone who reads the article, as it contains offensive and disturbing language.

I hope that this update helps and provides the additional information that some of you were seeking.

Sincerely,

Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development


February 2, 2016

Loyola Community,

Many of you may be aware that a non-Loyola-affiliated organization has announced plans to gather near the intersection of Broadway/Devon/Sheridan on Saturday evening, February 6, around 8 p.m. Campus Safety is aware of the gathering, and they have been working with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to determine how to best respond. The organization is controversial and has caused concern, however, at this time there is no direct or specific threat towards the University community.

I want to thank the concerned members of our community for reaching out to Campus Safety, and other offices, to report the scheduled event. Your safety and well-being continues to be a top priority for this University, and it is extremely helpful when community members go the extra mile and look out for each other. As always, please remain aware of your surroundings, and please report suspicious activity immediately. You can report any issues to Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1.

We are disheartened that a gathering like this is scheduled to take place so close to our campus. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for all, and we encourage anyone who has been triggered by this gathering to utilize the many resources that are available on campus, including the Wellness Center, Campus Ministry, Dean of Students office, and more. Anyone who is in need of immediate support should contact the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy Line at 773.494.3810.

Sincerely,

Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development